The latest numbers are out and here are the Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
This is a Top 13 list.
Passport Kings usually does top 10s but I wanted to include them all.
The last time I made a list like this, most of the comments were very positive.
The few negative comments I received had a common theme.
People from the Caribbean felt that it was unfair to compare the GDP of the richest independent Caribbean island to the GDP of an island backed by another country.
So this countdown will be the list of the top 10 Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
This list is based on Island’s GDP.
It’s not an opinion piece or a list of Islands I recommend you visit first.
This is just the current state of these islands’ economies.
A list of the richest independent Caribbean islands can change almost daily.
If I mispronounce an island, it happens and a lot of y’all don’t pronounce everything correctly either.
I’m all ears if you want to help me get the pronunciation correct, but miss me with the holier-than-thou attitudes because nobody is perfect.
The Islands chosen are independent, meaning they are not financed by larger countries. According to Wikipedia:
Gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the most common indicators used to track the health of a nation’s economy. … It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period. It is often referred to as the size of the economy and it changes rapidly. It’s rated by “GDP per Capita Income”
So yes, you will find Rich people and poor people on each island mentioned.
it is impossible to rate the richest independent Caribbean islands by how much money a handful of its residents has.
However, when the finances of everyone and the financial state of these independent commonwealth economies are considered, this is how it pans out.
13. Haiti: $868 GDP
Haiti has a GDP per capita of $868. which makes it number 13 of the richest independent Caribbean islands
Haiti is still struggling financially because of the semiarid climate and deforestation.
Hispaniola was broken into 2 in 1697 when Christopher Columbus who was Spain’s hired invader, relinquished the Haiti side, to the French invaders.
The climate on the west side made it almost impossible to turn a profit.
In 1804 came Haiti revolted and won.
DR established itself in 1844 from Haiti.
However, with the harsh mountainous conditions and sanctions from France, Haiti’s economy still has a long way to go.
Haiti would love to be top of the richest independent Caribbean islands list but many factors hold it back.
Check out my full report on why Haiti and The Dominican Republic are so different.
12. Jamaica: $5,268 GDP
Jamaica is already the most well-known island in the Caribbean.
Reggae music is played on most islands but is many times referred to as Jamaican Music.
Jamaica became independent from the UK in 1962.
The GDP per capita of Jamaica residents is 5, 114.
Remember that 2.89 million people live in Jamaica.
You can find Million Dollar homes in places like Cherry Gardens in Jamaica.
According to Julia Rendleman at Pulitzercenter.org; Jamaica has been called; “the richest poor nation on earth.”
It may be because Jamaicans import most of the food they eat.
This slows down its progress of becoming the richest independent Caribbean islands
Jamaican farmers have had a hard time capitalizing on the number of people who live in Jamaica with the money to spend.
As far as the tourism industry goes, Jamaica is one of the most popular Islands to visit.
Millions of people come to Jamaica and spend lots of money every year.
Who this money ultimately goes to has different answers depending on who you ask.
I’ve made plenty of videos about Jamaica while I vacationed.
The times I went to Beautiful Jamaica, I stayed around Montego Bay but just as popular vacation spots are Ocho Rios and Negril.
11. Cuba: $6,682 GDP
The GDP per capita is 6,682 in Cuba.
There are 11.48 Million people living in Cuba.
Throughout 2017-2019 it has become a vacation bucket list item for many travelers.
Hotels only cost $58-$175 depending on how many stars you want your stay to be.
This richest independent Caribbean islands list includes Cuba because they are on a steady incline.
Cuba was becoming a real tourist attraction for American travelers who had been cut off from this island for decades.
As far as I know, you can still visit so I suggest doing so before the political environment changes again.
10. Dominica: $7,031
Do not get this island confused with the Dominican Republic.
Dominica is famous for its hot springs and tropical rainforests and is the 2nd largest boiling lake in the world.
Dominica has a population of 74 million people and the language is Dominican Creole French.
The GDP per capita of the people of Dominica is 6,719.
The residents are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet anywhere in the world.
Without a large airport, Dominica can be a hassle to get to.
Once you get there, you will have the pleasure of being one of the few people to see Boiling Lake, Morne Trios Pitons National Park, Ti Tou Gorge, and Cabrits National Park.
Nonstop flights are about 6 hours but most likely you will have to connect flights in the Dominican Republic.
Flights can cost from $750 to 1stack out of the US.
You may not think it belongs to the richest independent Caribbean islands but a hotel close to the attractions costs about $150 per night on average.
9. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: $7,359 GDP
The last time the population was counted it hovered around 110,000 people.
They gained their independence from the UK in 1979.
Tourism to this island is on the rise and the new Argyle International Airport on the coast of the island is about 5 miles from Kingstown.
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed on the island making some of the spots very popular with tourists.
Things like this keep it high on the richest independent Caribbean islands countdown.
African descendants make up 66% of the population and everyone speaks English.
Round Trip Flights from the US to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are about $750 bucks.
The Beachcombers Hotel will get you the best value with stays at about $125 a night.
If you really want to be treated like royalty the Young Island resort at $327 a night will take the cake.
Tell them Passport Kings sent you!
8. Dominican Republic: $8,341GDP
The Dominican Republic became independent from Haiti in 1844.
The 2 3rds of the Hispaniola island that makes up the DR is not as mountainous.
Being able to plant and farm for the last almost 180 years while Haiti was unable to, gave DR a very big advantage when it came to nation-building.
DR has a population of 10.77 million people and it stays 1 of the richest independent Caribbean islands.
Many tourists (Including myself) find DR to be a great place to vacation.
Tourism creates lots of jobs and this also keeps the economy competing as one of the Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
Whichever city you visit in the DR, you will be in for a treat.
My last stay in the DR was at the Occidental All-inclusive Resort.
DR Exports lots of really popular goods and its farming has been a lot easier going thanks to getting the more hospital climate side of the island.
7. Saint Lucia: $10,567 GDP
Saint Lucia is also called the land of the people.
The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 3,120 feet tall.
St Lucia is overflowing with luxury resorts and fishing villages.
Most people get to enjoy Saint Lucia for just a few hours via the cruise port in Castries.
If you are looking for an exciting cruise to ST. Lucia or any other island on this list, remember to contact me so I can set it up for you.
St. Lucia became independent from the UK in 1979.
Since then it has stayed one of the Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
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6. Grenada: $10,632 GDP
The main island of Grenada and the surrounding smaller islands are called the spice aisles.
This is where most nutmeg comes from which keeps it being one of the Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
The United States is still one of Grenada’s largest trading partners.
Grenada benefits from the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative also called the CBI.
The CBI makes it possible for them to have duty-free entry into the United States for many goods.
This island can be pronounced Gree Nay da or Gra Nada when Spanish-speaking people say it.
Airports are located in the upper peals and Bamboo.
Grenada became independent from the UK in 1974.
It’s had to claw its way back into becoming 1 of the richest independent Caribbean islands
5. Trinidad and Tobago: $16,365 GDP
Trinidad and Tobago is also the southernmost state in the Caribbean.
The large reserves of natural gas and oil keep these islands’ finances secure and number 5 of the richest independent Caribbean islands.
Trinidad and Tobago became independent from the UK in 1962.
There are almost 1 and a half million people living in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Trini people are well known for their carnival.
If you have never visited during it, you should place that experience on the top of your to-do list.
I have a list of all of the Caribbean Carnivals you should visit here.
You should also try to visit all of the Richest Independent Caribbean Islands.
Piarco International Airport is the leading airport in the world for customer satisfaction and efficiency.
They have plans for mobilizing funding from the public and private sectors.
This is to foster research and development (R&D) in the business sector as part of CARICOM which stands for Caribbean Single Market and Economy.
4. Antigua and Barbuda : $16,864 GDP
Number 4 on our list of the richest independent Caribbean islands is Antigua and Barbuda.
This country sits right where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet.
They became independent from the UK in 1981.
In Antigua, you can zip through the rain forest on high wires, swim with stingrays, hike, bike, dive, kayak, kite surf, fish and so much more.
Hurricane season is July to November, and although they are rare it may not be the best time to go.
I would suggest going from May to November when it seems that prices are lower.
You may get a heavy pour of rain but like South Florida, it’s usually over almost as quickly as it started.
The population is very small topping out at about 100 thousand people.
3. Barbados: $17,758 GDP
The 3rd highest for richest independent Caribbean islands is Barbados with $17,758 GDP per capita.
The last week of July is the Crop Over festival in Barbados.
If you ever wanted to visit an island at the height of a celebration, this would be the time to go.
Barbados got its freedom from the UK in 1966 but the Crop Over is a celebration that dates back before then.
However, there are also other popular festivals like:
- Barbados Jazz Festival
- Holetown Festival
- Barbados Wine & Rum Festival
- Gospel Fest
- Holders Season
- and Barbados Music Awards.
Barbados exports sugar and molasses, rum, chemicals, and electrical components. There is a total of about 287 thousand residents of Barbados.
2. Saint Kitts and Nevis: $18,688 GDP
Number 2 on the list is Saint Kitts and Nevis.
There are about 53 thousand people living in Saint Kitts and Nevis
It is the 8th smallest country in the world.
When measuring by per capita there is a lot to go around.
The low amount of people makes this easily number 2 of the richest independent Caribbean islands.
Their GDP per capita is $18,688.
Their independence wasn’t taken until 1983. St Kitts is a golfer’s paradise.
If you ever climb the fortress at Brimstone Hill you will be able to see 6 other islands in the distance.
But for a beach that is really what it’s cracked up to be, Pinney’s in Nevis is the best place to be if you don’t want to be a starving travel photographer.
These pictures are an easy sell.
1. The Bahamas: $32,997 GDP
I know I may get backlash for this number 1 spot of the Richest Independent Caribbean islands because The Bahamas is actually located in the Lucayan Archipelago.
But most people who are not sticklers for minor details consider the Bahamas a part of the Caribbean.
Most Americans feel that everything under Florida is the Caribbean, so I guess It’s close enough.
The Bahamas also has a population of 400 thousand people.
The value of money in the Bahamas is about 1 to 1 when compared to USD.
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Getting to a bohemian island after cruising is the icing on the cake.
And there you have it.
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Again GDP is the sum of gross value added by all resident producers in the economy plus any product taxes and minus any subsidies not included in the value of the products.
The Richest Independent Caribbean Islands are also calculated without making deductions for the depreciation of fabricated assets.
It also doesn’t consider the depletion and degradation of natural resources.
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This was not a competition about which island is the best.
All islanders (except for the 2 who sing “I’m an island boy and I’m just trying to make it” in the side of the pool.) are my people and I hope that I’m yours too.
The islands have many excellent and rich places to visit, visit them, like a king…